Just After We Were Married

Iva Mae Earley, 16, married Nathan Robert McDonald, a 22 year old farmer. They settled in Childress, Texas. In 1931 they welcomed a daughter, Maxine, who died of pneumonia at just 1 month old. Nathan gave up farming and went back to school, graduating from Shield of Faith Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas in... Continue Reading →

Everybody Blew Glass

I came for the embroidered cape, but stuck around for the genealogy. Seated in the middle of this handsome group is Louis Boudon. On the right are his maternal cousins Alfred and Marie Camus, with Alfred's wife Laura (Staes) on the left. The Boudon and Camus families immigrated to the United States from France. The... Continue Reading →

A Nice Set of Pipes

The couple featured in this vintage snapshot are identified on the reverse as "Neysa & Anthony Travis." They were married in 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Anthony died in 1980 and Neysa in 1984. They are buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park. Neysa Estelle was born Nesser Easter Hansett on June 4, 1904 in Mecklenburg... Continue Reading →

1913 Selfie

I wonder if the man in the photo, Mr. Lee Large, thought he was going to look relaxed and natural when he posed for this self-taken photo in Saltville, Virginia in 1913. Instead he's got a stiff , mannequin-ish look going on. Hey, I bet many of us "selfie takers" can relate. "Hello son! How... Continue Reading →

R.A. Lord, Photographer

Unfortunately this carte de visite has no identifying writing. I often buy unidentified photos in the hopes of being able to date them. Since this cdv has no lines along the border of the photo I suspected it was one of the earliest versions from 1858-1862. The fashion fit my dating hypothesis, as well as... Continue Reading →

Maxine and Sanford

"Maxine DeLong & Sanford Eldridge married May 6, 1950" Maxine and Sanford tied the knot in Los Angeles, California. They settled in Minnesota and had seven children; Don, Mike, Steve, Gwenn, Pat, Theresa, and Barbara. Maxine died in 1995 and according to her obituary the couple were divorced but still friends. Sanford passed recently, in... Continue Reading →

Ma’s Picture

Click photo to enlargeStanding L-R ~ Alma, Kate, Jennie, and IdaSeated ~ Irving and William Austin Alma (Austin) CookKate (Austin) BartlettJennie (Austin) WarnerIda AustinIrving AustinWilliam AustinSarah Emeline (Fosdick) "Mabton, Wash.Dec. 20, 1909Dear Cousins & Aunt:-It has been a long time since I rec'd your letter but will answer after the holidays. We have had lots... Continue Reading →

Myra and Jerry Barlow

Although the posing seems odd for a wedding photo, with the young woman literally turning her back on her beau, the fashion dates this image to the early 1890s and that's when our sitters tied the knot. Miss Myra Drake and Jerry Barlow said their vows in December 1892 in Flint, Michigan. Myra was a... Continue Reading →

A Garbage Can or a Museum

A dear friend gave me this identified photo.  It's on very thin paper and is fragile and torn.  It was meant to be affixed to a heavier cabinet photo board.  By the looks of the residue on the reverse it might have been at one time. The image is dated 1899 and the sitter's names... Continue Reading →

Looks Like a Funeral

At first glance you would think this was taken after a funeral, with the church-like building in the background and the baskets and urns full of flowers.  But written on the back is "Golden Wedding of Rev. & Mrs. Rahn Oct 17 - 1938." I cropped the photo and ran it through an image editing... Continue Reading →

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